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7 Females in Politics Breaking Patriarchal Structures around the World

It’s obviously a male-dominated field, which is why when women make it to the top positions in politics, it always makes the difference.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been a bright beacon of hope for progressive politics in current times. Since she was appointed as the youngest head of state in the world, in 2017, at the age of 37, she has navigated her country through some challenging and unprecedented times. However, she announced her resignation on 18 January as the world expected her to gear up for the elections to run for a third term in office. Her last working day is 7 February, though she will continue working as the party MP till the 2023 elections. Being one of the most inspirational female leaders in the world and a role model for the youth, her decision has sent shockwaves not only to the Labour Party supporters in New Zealand but also to her supporters worldwide.

One of the most highly regarded politicians in the world, Jacinda Ardern has always kept empathy and kindness in the forefront along with tackling some of the most challenging issues at hand such as the Christchurch shooting in 2019. Following this tragedy, she took a landmark decision of banning all semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles in the country.

She previously shattered the glass ceiling by bringing her newborn daughter, Neve, to a United Nations General Assembly meeting in 2018, as she made a huge case for working mothers across the world. The same year, she broke stereotypes by being the first New Zealand PM to march in a pride parade in support of the LFBTQ+ community.

Her tenure so far glistens with such landmark moments that are great examples in the progressive political discourse to inspire women today and future leaders. As world politics reels from Jacinda Ardern’s surprising decision to pack up before the October 2023 elections in New Zealand, here are some other women heads of state who are equally inspirational in their own right to have made a mark by being what they are.

Women as political heads: A brief background

Experts worldwide unanimously agree that we need more women as policymakers to bring about equality and sustainable development in all spheres. History tells us that women in power have been the catalysts of change by breaking a structured, patriarchal narrative set by male politicians for generations. According to the statistics provided by UN Women as of September 2022, 13 countries from all over the world have women heads of state.

Though women’s representation in world politics is better than before, according to the UN, if we continue at the current state, we will not be able to reach the gender equality goals set globally, for the next 130 years. Though this leaves some major questions about women’s rights, the future holds a lot of promise, owing to the women who currently hold top leadership positions in their respective countries.

A look at inspirational female leaders who have had a positive global impact


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